September 16, 2017 Speaker: Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin
Workshop: Morning session—WHAT AN EDITOR REALLY WANTS: Everyone always wants to know, what are editors really looking for—not only in regards to their list, but in an author as well? Harlequin Books Editor Susan Litman will talk about the editor’s ideal “dream project” and what that might mean, as well as what editors value most in their partnerships with authors. And, of course, there will be some tips to enable you to work effectively with your editor to help build your presence and discoverability, and Susan will also answer any questions you bring to the table.
Afternoon session—PITCH DIAGNOSTICS: If you’re preparing to pitch to an editor or agent, here’s a great opportunity to practice your pitch on Susan. She’ll help you focus and hone your rough points and give you tips to help you make sure that, come appointment time, you’ll be pitch perfect!
Bio: Susan Litman came to Harlequin after spending several years working in film development in New York. She is an editor for the Harlequin Special Edition and also acquires for other series lines including Romantic Suspense. She also worked on the launch of Harlequin’s serialization program, including the first suspense serial, Tough Justice, as well as the sequel, Tough Justice: Countdown and the recently launched sexy serial Secrets of the A-List. Some of the authors she has the privilege of working with include New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shirley Jump, USA TODAY bestselling authors Judy Duarte and Karen Rose Smith, award-winning authors Brenda Harlen and Gail Barrett, and many others. She has a B.A. in Film Studies and Theater and a minor in Developmental Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and loves to collect cookbooks. Follow her on Instagram at @NYC_Editor_Life and on Twitter at @susan_litman.
October - No meeting; NJRW Conference Have you registered yet?
November 18, 2017 Speaker: Tom Outwin, Owner, Salle Marquis de Lafayette School, Chester, NJ Workshop: The Sword and the Pen: Literary Swordsmanship
Join us for a lively morning and afternoon session as fencing master Tom Outwin conducts an historical tour of swordplay through the ages. Through live demonstration, Tom will teach us the difference between historical vs romantic correctness so our depictions of swordplay will be accurate. Bio: Tom Outwin is the founder of Salle Marquis de Lafayette, located in Chester, NJ. Tom has been involved in fencing since 1967 and has participated in competitive fencing at the National and International levels. He has served as a Prévôt d’Armes at Salle Sebastiani in Houston, Texas and the Erste Fechtunion in Vienna, Austria.
December 16, 2017 - Chapter Holiday Party
NEW! 2018 Tentative Schedule
January Speaker: Judi Fennell Topic: Book Covers
February Speaker: M. Kate Quinn and Critique Partners Topic: Plotting Party
March Speaker: Claire McKinney Topic: Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does?
April Speaker: Kiersten Hallie Krum Topic: TBA
May Speaker: Marlo Berliner Topic: YA
June Speaker: Carol Van Den Hende Topic: Applying Marketing Best Practices to Your Book Promotion
July No meeting - RWA National Conference
August Speaker: Babette James Workshop: Websites
September Speaker: Ryan Zee Topic: Marketing and Newsletters